Forgotten Clubs – Thurles Town FC

By Philip O’Rourke (@effect_phil)

I’ve covered a few clubs around Ireland. Cork, Limerick, Dublin, Kildare, Monaghan, Kilkenny are all counties that have had football clubs represent them at League of Ireland level throughout the years. It would be forgiven, however, if people didn’t associate this county with ‘soccer’. It is after all the home of the GAA, and at the time of writing this their county hurling team have just won their 28th All-Ireland title, following a 3-25 to 0-20 point win over their huge rivals Kilkenny in Croke Park. Continue reading “Forgotten Clubs – Thurles Town FC”

Where now for Dundalk and Collie O’Neill?

By Dermot Keely(@keelysbar)

Last Friday the beloved Jimmy Dainty was laid to rest. Unfortunately circumstances prevented me from being there but I would like to extend my sympathy to Helen and all the family. Jimmy was one of the English men who came to Ireland(Dundalk) and loved it. Continue reading “Where now for Dundalk and Collie O’Neill?”

Why no TV coverage??

By Dermot Keely (@keelysbar)

Dundalk, the last team standing in European competition, play tonight in Tallaght, a beautiful stadium, which I believe shows our League at its very best but the match is not on TV. WHY?? This match is very much alive, and the winners will probably play AJAX – what a prize to play for! Continue reading “Why no TV coverage??”

Big clash between Derry and Dundalk the highlight in the draw for the FAI Cup second round

The draw for the second round of the FAI Cup was made on Monday evening, and streamed live on the FAI’s Facebook page. Continue reading “Big clash between Derry and Dundalk the highlight in the draw for the FAI Cup second round”

Dermot Keely Column: A good week for Irish Football

What a good week for Irish Football. Two great performances from the best 2 teams in the country – Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers. Both teams showed their character and their self belief. Both teams gave away really early goals and both came back to draw and win respectively. These performances are great news for our league. People have to remember that at the moment it is Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers representing our League, but it will not always be these two teams, other teams will get a chance.. Continue reading “Dermot Keely Column: A good week for Irish Football”

Memories of a great footballer, the FAI and Europe

By Dermot Keely (@keelysbar)

It is with a heavy heart that I write this piece. I got the news yesterday morning that my old friend and fellow Dundalk player Jimmy Dainty has passed away. Jimmy, who was a smashing footballer, was also a wonderful person, although born and bred in England he loved Dundalk FC and the people of Dundalk, and this love was reciprocated. Continue reading “Memories of a great footballer, the FAI and Europe”

Dermot Keely Column: Something in the Air

By Dermot Keely (@keelysbar)

It was interesting to read the ramblings of my former nemesis Pat Dolan in the Star last week. Just a week after Stephen Bradley’s comments about the current team v the Michael O’Neill team, but as usual Pat brought it to a new level. I’m happy for him that he seems to have found religion as he has gotten older and particularly St Anthony, who I believe you pray to if you have lost something. Continue reading “Dermot Keely Column: Something in the Air”

Forgotten Clubs – Newcastlewest AFC

By Philip O’Rourke (@effect_phil)

Unlike the last club I covered – Brooklyn FC -this next club was much easier to research. That was down to the fact that it still exists today, and are playing in their local league. Continue reading “Forgotten Clubs – Newcastlewest AFC”

Dermot Keely Column: Fixture fiasco

By Dermot Keely (@keelysbar)

Sorry about the blog going missing over the last couple of weeks. Just been a busy few weeks, but as usual I never tire of League of Ireland. The games have come hot and heavy.  Continue reading “Dermot Keely Column: Fixture fiasco”